Diary - learning more about leaving the EU

Another historic day as Mrs May announces that she will invoke Article 50 on Wednesday, 29 March, thereby beginning the negotiation process that will see the UK leave the EU. Perhaps it was appropriate therefore that our European Scrutiny Committee took oral evidence from both David Jones, the minister for the Department for Exiting the EU, and Sir Tim Barrow, the UK's permanent representative to the EU. Both were giving evidence on their roles, negotiations with the EU, the strategy and what preparations are being made if we cannot strike a satisfactory deal after two years. The session was most interesting and it will be on Hansard if you want to look at it in detail. It was also televised. The former Chancellor, George Osborne, was in the Chamber at about 1530 for an Opposition Urgent Question on his recent announcement that he is to edit the Evening Standard. The Speaker started proceedings, reinforcing the point that this session was not an excuse to attack Mr Osborne personally. One or two Labour MPs tried to, but failed to score a hit. My own view on this matter is that it is entirely an issue between Mr Osborne and his Association and electorate in his Tatton seat. Meanwhile, the Prison and Courts Bill had its Second Reading in the Chamber. Labour said they would not oppose it.